MORRISTOWN, NJ - During the 19th century, Irish flocked to the United States and embarked on a new life. The American landscape became a melting pot of diverse cultures that immigrated to this country. Many Irish settled in the Morristown area and worked at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.
On Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. visit Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township to learn about Irish culture through dance, crafts, folklore, music, and farm activities. Help with hands-on farm chores like churning cream into butter, stacking firewood, weighing eggs, and planting seeds in flats. Hop aboard an open-air wagon ride around to tour the farm. Follow the delicious smells to the kitchen of the Farmhouse, and discover what traditional Irish foods are being prepared in the wood-burning cook stove. Take a peek and watch how an Aran sweater is knitted in the parlor.
In contrast to the Farmer’s home, visit the mansion, The Willows. Lend a hand with domestic spring chores by washing laundry, beating rugs, dusting, and polishing silver. Take a break from household chores and enjoy traditional Irish music performed live by Linda Russell.
Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites, stated, “Because of the journals kept by Charles Foster (former owner of Fosterfields) we are fortunate to have detailed information about the Irish immigrants who worked on the farm and in The Willows at Fosterfields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”
“At Luck O’ the Farm, visitors will meet re-enactors who are playing the roles of actual Irish immigrants who worked at Fosterfields. ‘Mrs. Cahill,’ the farmer’s wife, and ‘Andrew Gibbons,’ the coachman will be sharing their stories and welcoming questions about their journey to America and employment at the Farm,” Sutherland added.
Admission to this event is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children ages 4 - 16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3, FREE for children under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card.